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“It’s impossible to fulfill it today,” said Hanna Herman, the president’s adviser of humanitarian and social issues. “I have the president’s word that these changes will be approved [by parliament] by the end of September.”

In the meantime, opponents of Yanukovych and the language law are preparing to protest on Independence Day on Aug. 24.

While the law takes effect immediately, Herman said the state bureaucracy will not be able to enact the legislation quickly or cheaply. 

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